I’m Lena Semaan, private cook and this blog is my place for recipes and stories about the joys of Lebanese and Middle Eastern food.  I was born in Australia to immigrant Lebanese parents and grew up eating delicious food from the land they left. Except at the time I didn’t realise how delicious it was. Dare I say I complained about some of it. I had no idea that at that time my Australian friends were suffering with boiled vegetables and bland food until I ate at their houses, and was very glad to return to mine.

I realise that the diet I’ve grown up with, was, indeed is, pretty much perfect food. The food of my mum’s table is made for sharing; it’s food that encourages long conversations, new friends and above all, joyful eating. Oh, it also happens to tick all the boxes nutritionally: It’s vegetable and grain based, low in fat, high in vitamins and good for those on special diets. But what I love is that even though it virtuous to eat, it wears its healthy credentials lightly, the flavours flirting with you in even the simplest of dishes.

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